Very true. But that's where things get subjective, especially in markets where fuel is expensive or where engines are taxed by displacement. The base AMG will be loaded with gadget features which are optional on the other trim lines. As you note, suspension is different but if it's the handling you want your dealer parts counter can order every bit of it and have it fitted to any other car from the same model range. Nothing will touch the AMG for acceleration, but that does come at a cost at the pump. Many will say that is immaterial; if you can afford the AMG then you can afford the gas. While that's certainly true of the owner who orders his $75k car brand new, it may be less true of a prospective owner of that same car on the used market several years down the line. And as one of those MT boys, as Jeff puts it, you can't get one of those with the big engine. Only the engine is hand-built by one technician, everything else rides the same production line as any other SLK. So yes, the AMG is special, but it still isn't the right choice for everyone. Would I have one if I could afford it? Yeah, probably...but I wouldn't give up my small V6 with the stick. There's worse things than dreaming of two very different SLKs in the garage, I suppose!Yes, there are qualitative and quantitative differences between the 55 and the smaller engine versions.
503bhp 4ltr twin turbo V8 I expect........My 350 is just fine, an absolutely great little car, it can go from zero to flashing Red/Blue lights in just a few seconds, and then me giving all my paper work over to the very nice young police officer at my window. But I must admit I personally regret not going with the 55 AMG from the get-go. However, that will indeed change in the next couple of years. I think I will wait to see what the new SLCs have to offer, in the AMG line, and take the plunge then.